Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop
At its current East Side Austin location since 1969, this family-run Tex-Mex diner serves all-day breakfast and lunch plates like house-made tortillas, thick-cut bacon, breaded pork chops, and refried beans. Don't leave without stopping at the pastry counter for cookies, <em>pan de huevo</em>, and other Mexican baked goods.
Joe’s no-frills charm is undeniable: Selena playing on the jukebox; Peptobismol-colored cakes on display in the bakery, and oversized red plastic cups dotting every table. Don’t expect fancy coffee or tacos with quirky names—just the straightforward Tex-Mex cuisine South Texas natives have grown up eating. Be sure to try the handmade flour tortillas (they’re thick, warm, and leave a bit of flour on your hands), the thick refried beans that are definitely not vegan, and Joe’s famously crispy bacon that’s dredged in flour before being fired on the flat-top grill. Oh, and then there’s the fiery salsa verde, brutal in the best way. These components add up to some of the most delicious Tex-Mex breakfast tacos in town. Trust.
Must-try taco: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese
This selection highlights the crispy, almost-battered bacon and tortillas that are so soft and fluffy they’d make a fine comforter for a tiny man. Add a pinch of salt, and don’t be shy with the salsa.
How to order: Stop by for first come, first served seating or call 512-472-0017 for takeout.